Staffordshire FA hosts Futsal event at St George’s Park

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futsalSixty coaches and club reps across Staffordshire gathered at St George’s Park in Burton to promote the emerging sport of Futsal.

The Staffordshire FA event aimed to highlight local Futsal opportunities, providing an alternative form of football to play.

Futsal is played on a smaller hard court pitch, mostly indoors, and involves two teams of five players. It uses a smaller ball with less bounce to promote good control and passing in tight spaces.

Kevin Staples, 32, football development coach for Staffordshire FA, was happy with the turnout.

He said: “It was very successful as about 60 coaches and club representatives turned up for the event.

“There were mainly coaches from across Staffordshire, as well as from Burton Albion Football Club.

“We also had the under 12s squad from Burton FC attend.

“We were very happy with the amount of people who came to the event, it was much more than we were anticipating.

“It shows there is a keen interest for Futsal in the county.”

The event was led by experienced coaches who aimed to provide an introduction to the sport.

“It was held to publicize and promote Futsal across the county,” added Kevin. “And was a chance for coaches to get involved as well as having the opportunity to see the sport in action.”

Now Staffordshire FA are looking to hold more Futsal development sessions.

“We’ve got a whole programme of events lined up until mid-summer for coaches and club representatives to develop their understanding of the sport.

“Hopefully we can develop Futsal in Staffordshire and see the sport being played more in the future.”

Anyone interested in starting or joining a local club, contact Staffordshire FA on 01785 256994.

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